Key Skills 30/01/15

Key Skills 30/01/15

First of all, have a great weekend! 



Max created this problem last week; it confused many in the class for a while! Well done for confusing everyone Max because it created some great thinking. Can anyone answer it?

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Percentages of Amounts

As we have looked at percentages this week, this will help consolidate your learning.

Calculate the percentages of these amounts remembering to show your working out:


  • 20% of 50
  • 80% of 20
  • 40% of 10
  • 60% of 30
  • 90% of 100
  • 10% 0f 20
  • 70% of 70
  • 30% of 50
  • 60% of 40
  • 20% of 70


Remember to convert it to a fraction – that will be the easiest way to work them out!


Literacy/Creative Curriculum: 

You each received a long list of facts about the main characters from “Granny” that we have found out/inferred so far.

We discussed in class that this would be an open-ended task; you can do whatever you want to a high quality! Some ideas were: writing about why Granny is the way she is, why Granny steals, what happens next, about the life of Mr Lampy…

If you choose to do something electronically, it would be great to put it on the reading blog:


Brilliant Rainforest Work

Sadly, we don’t have enough display boards in our classrooms to put every presentation piece of work up! Therefore, I have created a virtual display using Microsoft Sway. It has everyone’s work on it and a couple of bits to show how we got there.

Well done to the whole of Mandela class – great effort and sense of pride.




Hollie Morton, Dear David Walliams…

Hollie decided herself to write a fantastic letter to David Walliams, reviewing his book and requesting his presence at Simon de Senlis Primary School. Sadly it’s too long to submit on his website, so she is going to shorten it to fifty words… But here is the whole (great) letter:


Dear David Walliams,

I am writing to you because at Simon de Senlis we are trying to bring back the passion of reading. I think that you would help to inspire young minds to read again.

I have enjoyed reading your newest book “Awful Auntie”. My favourite part is when the auntie, Alberta, rips off the disguise and it is Aunt Alberta. We had a great idea that you could come to our school dressed as the awful Alberta (because you are such a good actor) and one of our children can dress up as Stella Saxby.

We think that you should come to our school and read a chapter of your favourite books. So that you can bring that character to life.

You should come to Simon de Senlis because you will inspire young minds to read more which will help their vocabulary which will help increase their chances in literacy tests and in their books. Hopefully some of the children will come to be brilliant authors (like you).

We hope that you will come to Simon de Senlis primary school and help our young children to read more and hopefully help them to increase their love of books and reading. Also make sure to take a look at Simon de Senlis blog where we have a reading blog where the whole school can blog about the books that they are reading or the books that they want to read. The website is:

Yours sincerely, Hollie Morton

awful auntie


If anyone else wants to persuade David Walliams to fly into Simon de Senlis, go on this link and ask someone at home to help you: by 6th Feb. 


Key Skills 23/01/2015


Key Skills 23/01/15 6TP


On Thursday, we looked at this problem. You all used your problem solving skills and managed to tackle it (well done). For your key skills this week, I want you to draw up a similar problem for a peer to answer next week. We will be doing them in class on Wednesday so it is imperative that it comes in before, or on Wednesday. You can use the same format or come up with your own.
I suggest that you complete it yourself separately so that you personally know that it works!


Literacy Key Skills

Say you’ve spent the first 10 years of your life sleeping under the stairs of a family who loathes you. Then, in an absurd, magical twist of fate you find yourself surrounded by wizards, a caged snowy owl, a phoenix-feather wand and jellybeans that come in every flavour, including strawberry, curry, grass and sardine. Not only that, but you discover that you are a wizard yourself! This is exactly what happens to young Harry Potter in JK Rowling’s enchanting, funny debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In the non-magical human world–the world of “Muggles”–Harry is a nobody, treated like dirt by the aunt and uncle who begrudgingly inherited him when his parents were killed by the evil Voldemort. But in the world of wizards, small, skinny Harry is renowned as a survivor of the wizard who tried to kill him. He is left only with a lightning-bolt scar on his forehead, curiously refined sensibilities and a host of mysterious powers to remind him that he’s quite, yes, altogether different from his aunt, uncle, and spoilt, pig-like cousin Dudley.
A mysterious letter, delivered by the friendly giant Hagrid, wrenches Harry from his dreary, Muggle-ridden existence: “We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”. Of course, Uncle Vernon yells most unpleasantly, “I AM NOT PAYING FOR SOME CRACKPOT OLD FOOL TO TEACH HIM MAGIC TRICKS!” Soon enough, however, Harry finds himself at Hogwarts with his owl Hedwig … and that’s where the real adventure–humorous, haunting, and suspenseful–begins.
This magical, gripping, brilliant book–a future classic to be sure–will leave children clamouring for a sequel.
This is a WAGOLL of a review.
Your task this week is to write a review of the book you are currently reading. The one above reviews it in a positive light; however, you can go for a more balanced critique of your text, if you want. Still try and do it in a fun interesting way though!
Hopefully you will end up reviewing a text that someone else in the class has read – this could lead to some fantastic classroom discussion!


Today was a sad day – Julia has left us and moved to another school.

This is only a short blog – I will add pictures and more information later. But as you were all friends with Julia, I thought it would be great to share your memories with her and why you will miss her. As she is only in Corby, you will still be able to contact her either via the blog or personally!

Good luck Julia with everything; you will definitely make a dent in the universe.

The man with the rucksack…

So, we have decided who owned the rucksack but we have no idea here he went missing. You now must report: who has gone missing? Remember, it’s a newspaper report, journalistic writing, not story writing.

Remember all of the features that we have been using over the past two weeks when looking at newspapers. Such as: catchy headline, orientation, direct/reported speech to aid the report and the reorientation.

Key Skills 16/01/15

First things first, have a wonderful weekend and thank you for all of the hard work this week 🙂 In celebration assembly I spoke about Gemma’s superb effort of recent but it’s a similar story for most of Mandela class.


In your home, search for ten different items that have a measured capacity. Once you have found out the capacity of each item, you need to order them from the smallest to the largest. Also, I want you to convert them from millilitres to litres as well.


For example:

Item 1: Carton/bottle of milk (2nd largest capacity)

Capacity: 568ml (a pint)

In litres: 0.568L



I look forward to hearing all about this!

For key skills this week, I want you to all explain: what are you reading? Write down five key points/events/facts that have come from your book.

This will create some very interesting classroom discussion. Such as: discussing books that others have read, reviewing books, finding out what interests us and a lot more!